What language will you be speaking in your country of service? I will be speaking Romanian and possibly Russian as well.
What language will you be speaking in your country of service? Primarily Bulgarian, but I'd love to be in an area where I could pick up a little Turkish too.
Stephanie S. (Serving with husband, Chris)
Country: Costa Rica
What language will you be speaking in your country of service? Spanish
What do you get nerdy about? I get nerdy about books. I read 8-10 a month. My kindle is packed full and ready to go.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? I would eat whole-wheat blueberry pancakes everyday for the rest of my life and be happy.
Describe yourself in four words. Tall, Observant, Friendly, Hard-Working.
Im not sure what language i'll be speaking, it can be spanish, belizean kriol, english or some mayan dialect.
I don't really know of any Belizean national dishes or drinks but I have heard about gibnut (rodent family) and I'm pretty afraid to try that although I'm sure i'll have to eat it at some point during my service.
I'm most excited to visit the cayes on the caribbean sea. Hopefully i'll get a chance to be touristy and go snorkling and all that fun stuff.
I would bring my iPod, my cell phone, my lap top. Everything else i could purchase while I'm in country or have it sent to me. I chose my cell phone because i love blackberry :)
What do you get nerdy about? I am completely obsessed with Mariah Carey. I have yet to meet anyone that loves her as much as i do. I don't know if that makes me nerdy or just scary LOL, most of my friends just think im crazy.... For the curious: no I would not freak out if i saw her in person. I've actually seen her in person a few times, even once at my job with no security or cameras, just Mariah hanging out in the lobby.
I always wish that I could go to sleep and wake up in any destination that I wanted. Not only would i wake up in my destination, i would have my suitcases with me in the morning. That way i can avoid airports, security and sitting on a plane for hours.
Country: Kyrgyz Republic
Is there a national food or beverage you are a little nervous or super excited to try? I am excited to try all of the fresh tropical fruits and a dish called Mchuzi wa kamba- a shrimp curry. I love spicy foods!
Is there a national food or beverage you are a little nervous or super excited to try?
Dates of Service: June 6, 2011 - August 20, 2013
Hometown: Collegeville, PA
What language will you be speaking in your country of service? Akan
Is there a national food or beverage you are a little nervous or super excited to try? I’m scared that I am going to eat something that is really spicy and not know it till my mouth is in pain.
Is there somewhere in your country of service that you are eager to visit? The tropical forest in the Ashanti Uplands.
What freaks/creeps/weirds you out the most? Raw meat
What animal would you be for a day and why? Some kind of flying animal or an animal that can breathe underwater, because I would like to see the world from a different view.
What do you get nerdy about? Soil, because there are so many different factors that can make a soil very interesting.
Is there somewhere in your country of service that you are eager to visit? Mount Cameroon
Dates of Service: June 13, 2011- August 17, 2013
Hometown: Madison, WI
What language will you be speaking in your country of service? Swahili! I've started learning it and I'm super excited, because it sounds awesome! However, almost everyone in Tanzania speaks Swahili as a second language, so I'll probably have to learn some of my community's first language as well.
Is there a national food or beverage you are a little nervous or super excited to try? I'm a little hesitant about ugali, the maize porridge that's the country's primary staple food. But, I hear there's a lot of vegetables and lots of spices in the dishes they serve with the ugali, and I'm super excited for that. I love spicy foods, and I'm really hoping I can learn to cook some tasty Tanzanian dishes when I'm there. And fruits! I love fruit!
Is there somewhere in your country of service that you are eager to visit? Seriously, it's Tanzania, where don't I want to visit? There's Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria and Zanzibar and the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro Crater (where a teacher of mine insists he saw the only ghost of his life) and Gombe national park where Jane Goodall did her research. I really lucked out to get a country full of such awesome places.
If instead of the 80/100 pounds of luggage we're allowed, PC said we're only allowed to bring 3 items - what would you bring? My Kindle, Glowie, the stuffed animal I've had since my first Christmas, and my knitting (if I can be sneaky and count both the yarn and the needles together as one item).
What non-typical super power would you most like to have? Teleportation. End of story.
What do you get nerdy about? Shakespeare! I am such a Shakespeare geek it's not even funny. But I also get nerdy about just about everything I'm interested in. Theatre, knitting, cooking, reading, traveling, baseball, joining the Peace Corps. If I'm into it, I'll find a way to make it nerdy.